The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the Chaplain would like for students, faculty, and staff to be aware of a broad range of religious observances.
Faculty should consider the manner in which holy days might impact student class attendance or their ability to complete assignments on respective due dates. Administrative and Academic Units, as well as Student Organizations, should consider holy days when scheduling department-wide or university-wide events and programming.
Students interested in holy day accommodations for class and lab assignments, attendance, or athletic practice/competition should contact faculty or coaches well in advance with such requests. Students can utilize the Religious Holy Day Accommodation Email Template to reach out to faculty, staff, or coaches, etc.
Below is a list of holy days observed by many students, staff, and faculty members in our community. You can find detailed descriptions of the Holy Days here. This list, though exhaustive in its inclusion of traditions represented on our campus, is not complete. Consequently, please direct suggestions for additions to the list of religious days of observance to the Chaplain’s Office.
|July 9-13*||Eid al-Adha**||Islamic|
|August 15||Feast of Assumption||Roman Catholic|
|September 25-27*||Rosh Hashanah **||Judaism|
|September 26-October 5||Navarati||Hinduism|
|October 4-5*||Yom Kippur**||Judaism|
|October 9-November 8||Kathin||Theravada Buddhist|
|December 8||Bodhi Day||Buddhism|
|December 21||Winter Solstice||Traditions across the world|
|December 24||Christmas Eve||Christian|
|December 25||Christmas Day||Christian|
|December 26-January 1||Kwanzaa||Interfaith|
|January 7||Buddhist New Year||Buddhism|
|January 9||Feast of the Nativity**||Orthodox Christian|
|January 22||Lunar New Year||Buddhism|
|February 22||Ash Wednesday||Christian|
|February 22-April 6||Lent||Christian|
|March 22 - April 21*||Ramadan||Islamic|
|April 2||Palm Sunday||Christian|
|April 7||Good/Holy Friday**||Christian|
|April 5-April 13*||Passover (Pesach)**||Judaism|
|April 8||Vesak (Buddha Day)||Buddhism|
|April 16||Pascha**||Orthodox Christian|
|April 17-18*||Yom HaShoah||Judaism|
|June 21||Summer Solstice||Traditions across the world|
* Jewish and Islamic observances begin at sundown the evening before the date listed
** Holy days on which absence from work or school is common